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Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets: Game thread, rosters, lines and how to watch

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A long road trip continues as Montreal takes on a Columbus side fighting for their playoff lives.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

After getting blown out in Sunrise, the Habs rolled into Tampa Bay and once again put forth a great effort against the NHL’s best side. Antti Niemi held the Lightning off once again, and Charles Hudon set up a pair of goals, but the team couldn’t secure a second point in the shootout. So after collecting points in seven straight games, Montreal has dropped all three of their games last week, earning a point in just one of them.

On the other hand, the Blue Jackets are flying high having won their last four games against San Jose, Vegas, Colorado and Detroit. Led by their all-world goalie in Sergei Bobrovsky, and youthful stars on defence in Zach Werenski and Seth Jones, the Blue Jackets are hanging around the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. They sit one point behind the Devils for the top wild card spot, and trail the Flyers for third place in an extremely crowded Metropolitan Division.

So for Montreal they have the chance to trip up a team looking to secure their post season spot, something that won’t come easily against a very physical team like Columbus. While it’s not likely to be on the level of Carey Price vs Bobrovsky, Antti Niemi and Charlie Lindgren have both been up to the task for the Habs this year, and will need to be again on Monday night.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST/ 4:00 PM PST

How to watch

In Canada: TSN2, TSN GO (English), RDS (French)
In the Blue Jackets region: Fox Sports Ohio
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Paul Byron Jonathan Drouin Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Jacob de la Rose Artturi Lehkonen
Daniel Carr Logan Shaw Kerby Rychel
Nicolas Deslauriers Michael McCarron Byron Froese

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner Noah Juulsen
Mike Reilly Brett Lernout

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Columbus Blue Jackets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jake Guentzel Sidney Crosby Conor Sheary
Carl Hagelin Evgeni Malkin Patric Hornqvist
Riley Sheahan Derick Brassard Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnackl Carter Rowney Bryan Rust

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brian Dumoulin Kris Letang
Jamie Oleksiak Justin Schultz
Olli Maatta Chad Ruhwedel

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Tristan Jerry
Casey DeSmith